Encrypted Backup Best Practices - How to Manage Disk Usage
Jungle Disk allows you to backup and store as much data as you need, however, are there best practices for data storage?… In fact, there is! Data is stored on an online disk and both encrypted backup offerings (workgroup and server edition) allow you to create as many disks as you need. While it may be easier to backup everything to one disk, in the long run, that practice may create issues with the overall health of your encrypted backup.
For overall disk usage, we recommend backing up a maximum of 500GB or 100,000 files, whichever is reached first. Keep in mind that although data in the Backup Vault is compressed, the online disk size also includes the Network Drive (for Workgroup edition) and any previous versions associated with both. Previous versions are the files that you can restore from if a file is accidentally deleted or edited. As noted, this is only a recommendation, so there is no strict limitation that will cut you off from backing up more to a single disk.
Benefits of Breaking Up Data
There are a couple of benefits for breaking up data. For one, backup databases will be kept smaller and healthier. This is the database that keep tracks of how your files are compressed and chunked during the backup process. Therefore, the database size is related to the number of files, the overall size of the backup and the amount of previous versions you’re retaining.
Another benefit is the ease of restoring files if needed. In the event of catastrophic event causing data loss, you may need to restore an entire disk in order to resume your regular workflow. If you’re able to backup business critical data on one disk and less critical files on another utilizing a file hierarchy, you would be able to begin a restore of data more quickly. This saves you time so you do not have to go through your data and cherry pick which folders and files to restore from one larger disk. Restoring a smaller set of data first will allow you to return to your normal workflow more quickly.
Disk Size Affects the Network Drive
The disk size also affects how the Network Drive works. The larger the disk, the more time it will take to browse directories in the drive and you may increase time navigating to files. This would also be a caching issue since the cache has to be constantly written to and edited. In addition, depending on your Internet connection especially if the software is unable to retrieve files fast enough, you may notice some errors generated in the Jungle Disk Activity Monitor.
One additional point to mention regarding the Network Drive is the sync feature, which allows a set of files to exist locally as well as in the Network Drive. For this particular feature, we recommend storing less than 10GB. This is because the sync feature keeps a running database that ensures all files are synced between locations. The more files that are added, the more records are created in the sync database that have to be searched. The sync process runs every 15 seconds automatically so imagine having to to search more than 10GB of data every 15 seconds!
We hope this overview helps you get a better understanding of how to manage your online disks and how this can benefit your business. Any questions? Reach out to the Jungle Disk team.